AIA Staff

William T. Smith, Ph.D.

President/CEO

William T. Smith, Ph.D. is President/Chief Executive Officer of Aging in America, Inc.  Aging in America is the parent corporation of Aging in America Community Services, AIA Supportive Services, Hertlin House, Morningside at Home, and Morningside House Nursing Home. All are non‑profit, non-sectarian agencies providing services to seniors and their families in the Bronx, Westchester County, Rockland County and Long Island.

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Dr. Smith has been in the field of social work since 1971 with the last forty plus years dedicated to the field of gerontology.  He has been recognized locally and nationally as an expert on gerontological issues.

 

Dr. Smith was formerly the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, New York for thirteen years.  Before that he was Assistant Executive Director of Frances Schervier Home and Hospital, Bronx, New York.  He was also an Assistant Professor of Public Health Administration at Pace University, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Services at Fordham University.

 

Dr. Smith, whose doctorate in Social Work with a concentration in Gerontology is from Fordham University, has also earned a Master’s in Social Work in Administration/Case Work from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Welfare Services from the University of Wisconsin.

 

He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Gerontological Society of America, the American College of Health Care Administrators, and the Academy of Certified Social Workers.  He served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Future of VA Long Term Care.  He was a member of the Board of Directors and Past Chair of  LeadingAge (formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) in Washington, D.C. He is a former Chair of LeadingAge New York (formerly known as the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging). Dr. Smith is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and serves as liaison to the United Nations.  He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater New York Hospital Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition.  He was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Sisters Family Health Services, Inc.  He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Steering Committee on the future of the paraprofessional long-term care workforce.  He was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.  He received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor 2006 for his dedication to community service, building bridges between ethnic, racial and religious groups, sharing personal and professional gifts with the local, national or international community and contributing distinguished service to humanity in particular for his work on behalf of older persons. Dr. Smith is a licensed nursing home administrator, a certified social worker, and a certified retirement housing professional.

 

From 2012 through 2014, he managed a successful sale of Morningside House Nursing Home (314 skilled nursing beds) and the Morningside at Home Assisted Living Program (40 beds).  Since 2014, he has been planning the redirection of Aging in America, Inc.’s future, utilizing the proceeds of the sale while developing new lines of products and services and cultivating new streams of revenue.

Dina Nejman

Service Coordinator

Dina Nejman, Service Coordinator for Aging in America at Haverstraw Place — a 55 and over premier senior independent living apartment complex in Rockland County, New York — has worked in elder services since 2001.

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Ms. Nejman works to create programs and provide resources and information to residents in need of home healthcare, nursing homes, assisted living, and meals on wheels services. She also organizes case management for those residents who require assistance beyond traditional residents.

 

Ms. Nejman is Chair of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance, as well as Chair of the Rockland County Office for the Aging Senior Advisory Council.  She is also a Board member of the Mental Health Association of Rockland County and the Association for the Visually Impaired, and is past President of the North Rockland Rotary and current President of the Lion’s Club. Lastly, Ms. Nejman is a member of the Haverstraw Collaborative where she has co-chaired a “Senior, Senior Prom” for the Seniors of North Rockland for the last few years.

 

Ms. Nejman earned an Associate’s from SUNY Cobbleskill, a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. Ms. Nejman is a dedicated advocate for residents in situations when building management requires her expertise. She is also a steadfast and reliable means of support in the community when senior rights need to be clarified and sustained.

Kathleen Bufano

Executive Assistant

Kathleen Bufano is an experienced Executive Assistant with a distinguished career in executive level management.  Her exceptional communication, planning and organizational skills allow for seamless back office support.  She is a self-directed professional with attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and multi-task in a results driven environment.

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Among her strengths, Ms. Bufano excels at document management, is the liaison to corporate legal counsel and provides project management support to the leadership team including program development, fund development, and sales and acquisitions.  In addition, she ensures that the organization is in compliance with its By-Laws.

Ms. Bufano is the Board appointed Aging in America Assistant Secretary and a Licensed Notary Public in the State of New York.